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Undergraduate Major Justice Studies (BS)

Discover the Inner Workings of the American Justice System as a Justice Studies Major

The American justice system is no longer abstract theory, but daily reality. The specter of international and domestic terrorism, the high-tech sophistication of cyber-crime, our fascination with modern criminal investigation all point to justice studies as a vital, growing field offering multiple career paths.

Unlike other criminal justice programs that are limited in scope and depth, Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies provides both a solid foundation in core competencies and in-depth, targeted areas of study in specialty fields. Explore basic concepts and survey courses, then add concentrations and certificates to more deeply understand specific interests.

This macro-micro approach to your studies translates into expanded employment opportunities.

See Yourself Succeed as a Justice Studies Major

Unlike programs that focus on only one aspect of the justice model, such as law enforcement, the SNHU justice studies BS provides a sweeping overview of the justice system, criminal law, corrections systems, legal and social science research, international criminal justice and more.

Students tailor the program to their career goals, complimenting traditional justice studies courses with undergraduate classes in such aligned areas as business, psychology, sociology, political science, and philosophy.

Elect a BS in Justice Studies alone or choose a concentration in:

  • Crime and Criminology
  • Law and Legal Processes
  • Policing and Enforcement
  • Terrorism and Homeland Security

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in justice studies at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success.
  • Affordability. It’s our mission to make higher education more accessible. That’s why, SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire. 
  • Innovative programs. Study abroad at little or no extra cost.
  • Accomplished faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and bring their professional experience directly to you in the classroom.
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities.
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH, named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine.

Internships & Outcomes

Justice-related careers are on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, two areas with exceptional growth projections through 2024 include Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists (with 4% estimated growth) and arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators (9%).

As an SNHU justice studies major, you'll cultivate both the analytical and research/writing skills you need to stand out to prospective employers. Among the skills you'll graduate with are the ability to:

  • Analyze and critique operational and public policy from social, administrative, juridical, philosophical and managerial perspectives
  • Apply legal and justice research strategies and techniques to real-world challenges
  • Develop "best practices" in various related professions
  • Understand more deeply the role that morality and ethical reasoning play in the American legal system

As you near completion of your degree, you can look forward to active career placement support.

Curriculum

The BS in Justice Studies provides more than a general examination of the field. You'll learn the "mechanics" from a study of our country's legal traditions to the role of the courts to the current state of the U.S. correctional system.

Discover concepts at the core of our justice system through introductions to ethics and logic, and subsequent courses that explore specific fields, such as law enforcement, probation/parole, corrections, court administration, criminology, homeland security and more.

Studies in psychology and sociology provide a deeper understanding. How might we better understand the criminal mind? How do homeland security issues impact personal freedoms? What about victims' rights and the rights of the accused in our justice system?

Guiding you through the program is a first-rate faculty that includes working professionals in the field of justice studies. Their experience directly relates to the course material, adding depth and breadth to your studies.

Courses To Prepare You For Your Career

SNHU's bachelor's in justice studies program includes:

  • General education
  • Degree-specific courses

General Education Program

Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:

  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Problem solving

All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

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Campus Undergraduate Costs

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.